Today, we remember the 2,996 people killed in the cowardly terrorist attacks on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Today, we remember the 1,400+ first responders who have died in the years since the attack from illnesses related to that day. Today, we uplift the families of the victims and the survivors who walked from the rubble. Today, we remember the raw emotion we felt, the shock and anger, the unity and love. Today, we renew our pledges of “never again” and “never forget.” 


LOWER MANHATTAN SKYLINE:  Note the changing visual profile of downtown since 9/11, particularly with the loss and rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex. I took these photos from the Staten Island Ferry and harbor cruises over the years I have lived in New York City.

On May 10, 2013, the final piece of the spire was lifted to the top of One World Trade Center, bringing the tower to its full height of 1,776 feet (541 m), and making it the fourth-tallest building in the world, as well as the tallest in the city, surpassing the 1,454-foot (443 m) Empire State Building.

At the time of their completion in 1973, the “Twin Towers"—the original 1 World Trade Center, at 1,368 feet (417 m); and 2 World Trade Center, at 1,362 feet (415.1 m)—were the tallest buildings in the world.

One World Trade Center would no longer hold its lofty designation, however, under a developer’s plan to supersize a 57th St. residential skyscraper. Gary Barnett wants to raise the top of the spire at his proposed Nordstrom Tower to 1,795 feet (547 m) — 19 feet taller than the one atop 1 World Trade Center. 

Although the angles are slightly different in the three photos, I have tried in sizing them to keep the proportions constant with reference to the older buildings in front. Clearly Lower Manhattan has filled out a lot since 2001. There are many new highrise buildings, most notably One World Trade Center, which is slimmer but 408+ feet taller than the the old Twin Towers. 

So there really has been a lot of change over the last two decades. as Lower Manhattan now booms with new construction. Creative destruction continues unabated in NYC:  stay tuned in the highrise race to the sky! 


Leo & Ava, Boston Terriers (1 y/o), World Trade Center Memorial, New York, NY • “Leo destroyed my fiancé’s textbooks. When Ava stays over she’ll jump over anything to help him destroy.” @leo_thebostonterrier @avathebostie

This powerful photo captures Capt. Michael Dugan hanging an American flag from a light pole in front of what is left of the World Trade Center after it was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. A hijacked American Airlines Boeing 767, originating from Boston’s Logan Airport, struck 1 World Trade Center (north tower) at 8:45 am. At 9:03 am, an United Airlines 767, also skyjacked, crashed into 2 World Trade Center (south tower). Both towers later collapsed.

(Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Six out of the ten are currently under construction! The top five will all have a higher roof height than One World Trade. Half are residential.
What do you think about NYC’s current #skyscraper boom?
1.  One World Trade Center | 1,792 ft  |  20142.  Central Park Tower | 1,550 ft  |  20203.  111 W. 57th St. | 1,428 ft  |  20184.  One Vanderbilt  | 1,401 ft  |  20215.  432 Park Ave  | 1,396 ft  |  20156.  30 Hudson Yards  | 1,268 ft  |  20197.  Empire State Bulding  | 1,250 ft  |  19318.  One Bryant Park  | 1,200 ft  |  2009  9.  3 World Trade Center   |  1,079 ft  |  2018  10.  9 DeKalb Avenue   |  1,066 ft  |  2020